2016 Koi Auction Info and Rules

Koi Auction on the Club Calendar

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Volunteer sign-up

  • 12 for setup
  • 12 for tear-down and fish distribution
  • 4 fish carriers
  • 4 paperwork folks
  • 2 KHA people and 1 goldfish pro for fish health inspection.

Fill in this form at the bottom of the page to volunteer


Setup: 10:30 AM
Check-in and fish health evaluation: 11:30 AM
Auction: 1 PM

  • No latecomers. All fish must be checked in by 12:30 PM.
  • No early checkouts: checkout will begin at 3:00 PM.
  • The club takes 25% of the sales to cover the costs of the event

For Sellers – Organization of Auction Lots:

  • Sellers will be assigned a letter for each 6 fish they bring.
  • If they have more than 6 fish, they will get another letter.
  • Sellers will number their own fish, to choose the order in which they are sold. For example, if you are assigned the letter G, you will mark your fish as G-1, G-2, G-3, etc.
  • Fish will be auctioned by number and in order: A -1, B-1, C-1, then A-2, B-2, C-2, etc.


  • Because of the prevalence of the Koi Herpes Virus, the Club cannot be held responsible for any problems you have with the fish from this auction.
  • Read these articles on KHV and Quarantine, then read all Da Rules. They are for your own protection.
  • Payment is by cash or check only.
  • Sign up for your bidder number before the auction begins – 11:00AM to noon.
  • Bring large cardboard boxes or picnic coolers to transport your new fish.
  • If the weather is hot, consider wrapping a freezer pack in a towel and putting it in the bottom of the box. Don’t put the fish in your trunk!
  • To prevent injury, align your fish so they travel facing the sides of your car, not the front or back.
  • Float your fish in your quarantine area until the water in the bag is the same temperature as the water outside. This usually takes about twenty minutes. Don’t try to speed this process by adding outside water to the bag.
  • Free the fish, then discard the water in the bag well away from your pond or other fish habitats.

Fish Auction Rules:

  • Anyone may bid on fish, but sellers must be Club members. You may join at the auction if you wish. Yes, we can sign you up on the spot, but dues must be paid before fish will be inspected for sale. (Professional dealers with store stock may not sell.)
  • Please stop feeding your sale fish a week before the auction! They will not be hurt by fasting, and they will travel much better on an empty stomach. Remember: Fish Don’t Wear Diapers.
  • All fish must be free of any appearance of damage or disease.– A Club expert will examine every fish at sign-in.– Any fish that flunks examination will not be auctioned.– The seller may agree to sell the fish to a buyer without going through the auction, if the buyer is willing to accept the risk.
  • All fish should be bagged and transported according to the instructions here. Please double-bag and use oxygen where possible, and bring extra bags and rubber bands in case you have a leak.
  • Cash or credit cards. No checks, sorry.

Silent Auction Rules:

  1. There are no exceptions to the rules.
  2. Any item brought for silent auction must be pond-related. This is not a flea market. Plants are not permissible. Fish will be entered in the voice auction only. Do not bring livestock to the Silent Auction. The auctioneer will not be kind. He will use sarcasm and irony.
  3. Items brought for auction will be checked in with auction staff for entry on a control sheet, after which bid tickets will be issued. No direct sales please.
  4. Each item will be displayed with the bid ticket prominently displayed. A minimum bid will be entered on each bid sheet, along with a very brief description of the item or items. Some items may consist of a single bidding group.
  5. Bids may be written on the sheets from the time they are displayed until the fish mid-auction break ends, signaling the end of the silent auction. The high bid on the sheet at that time wins the auction. Payment will be made to MPKS and the person bringing the item will be paid by check after the auction accounts have been finalized.
  6. Your bid on a sheet implies a contract to purchase. Do not scratch out or attempt to erase a bid. If you are not sure you want an item, do not bid.
  7. Up-bids will be made in one-dollar minimum increments. We will not be able to make change.
  8. All other auction rules published elsewhere apply.

Any disputes will be reviewed; the decision of the record keepers is final.

Whether you are buying, selling, or just helping out, we hope to see you there.
Questions can be directed to kirk@mpks.org.

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